For the current serenity topic, my focus is on quality rest and relaxation. If you find your leisure time is constantly squeezed, or becomes a mere afterthought, how about adding it to your calendar like any other commitment?
- You can block out the time and set a reminder. Both tactics are proven to increase the chances you’ll do something as planned. This week, my calendar included two runs, lunch with a friend and an author book signing by happiness guru Gretchen Rubin. Guess what: they all happened.
- For an extra nudge, schedule a leisure activity with a friend who will hold you accountable and make sure you show up.
- Or, take yourself off to a park, library, coffee shop or other environment you find nourishing, where distractions are reduced.
- You can even add your leisure activities to your to-do list. I’ve written before about the power a list can have over us – why not turn that to your advantage? For those of us who love to check (tick) tasks off, even go to bed early can work this way.
I challenge you to pull out your calendar and add at least one leisure activity to it. Let me know how it goes!